CÉSAR ROMERO (1907–1994)
César Romero referred to himself as the “Latin from Manhattan.” Born February 15, 1907, in New York City, Romero’s parents were Cuban and it was rumored that his grandfather (some sources say godfather) was the island’s revolutionary hero José Martí. When the stock market crash of 1929 decimated the family’s holdings, Romero secured a job at a Wall Street bank. In later interviews, he admitted that a career in business would have made him miserable, so when dancing became a viable livelihood, he jumped at the chance to display his aptitude in New York theaters and nightclubs. Acting followed soon after. He debuted on film with a bit part in The Shadow Laughs, followed by a role as the wealthy and decadent Chris Jorgenson in The Thin Man.